Western Idaho?

October 12th, 2015

No… Noooo… NOOOOOO!!!

Instead of creating a whole new state like most aspiring secessionists, one disgruntled resident is looking for support in joining eastern Oregon and Washington with Idaho.

The separation movement comes from Oregon native, Ken Parsons — a 72-year-old farmer from La Grande, Ore.— who wants rural residents of the two states to jump ship to more conservative-leaning Idaho.

Parsons has contacted state legislators in all three states, newspapers and created a Yahoo group called “Oregon and Washington Joining Idaho.”

“It’s an intriguing idea,” Parsons told the East Oregonian.

Growing up in Eastern Washington, I could always had one thing to hang my hat on… “Well… at least it’s not Idaho.”  And so, with that bit of Washingonian self identity, I could root for sports teams from across the Cascades, and fuzz the matter outside of the state.  This guy wants to do with all that.  Take away this from the disaffected youth of his area…

Interesting line, though, in one of the write-ups.  A college professor telling him “don’t bother”, beyond improbable… and the movement is best to “get involved in politics”… Curious, as — their quixotic actions are, definitional, politics… and probably to them about as likely to stem the tide of the damned liberals as the parliamentarian moves the professor is thinking as the definition of “getting involved in politics”.

how about newt gingrich again?

October 11th, 2015

One observation.

The Constitution does not require that the Speaker be an elected House Representative, though every Speaker so far has been an elected Member of Congress.

If the Republicans really and truly want Eric Cantor, who was next in line before being ousted in a surprise Tea Party winning primary, they can go ahead and get him.

Then again, the “tail biting the dog” effect that ousted Boehner and now Kevin McCarthy started with that election…

So maybe they can all rally behind Dave Brat?

… No… we need someone in there who’s pursuing Mark Levin’s so called “Liberty Amendments”.  Everyone else, including Dave Brat, would be a “RINO”.

(and note, yes, the “Newt Gingrich for Speaker” clarion call is a hell of a lot like the “Michael Dukakis for Interim Senator” clarion call, where at the time it was a matter of concern, it became a “thing” because it just kind of sounded cool.)

typing too quickly

October 7th, 2015

Easy explanation for a bit of this

Lincoln Chafee supporters may be small in number, but they came out on top of the grammar charts, making an average of just 3.1 errors per 100 words. Trump supporters, on the other hand, made more than four times as many mistakes, with 12.6 per 100 words.

Hillary Clinton supporters came in at the bottom for Democrats, tying with those of Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, who was at the top of the list for the Republicans — supporters for each averaged 6.3 errors per 100 words.
You have to really, really commit yourself to be a “Lincoln Chafee supporter”.  Hillary Clinton… is sort of the default setting for the Democratic Party support (even as there’s a pretty good shift from the default to “Bernie Sanders”… at least in terms of that classic “Year before the election” situation, but it is still a “deviate from script”.)

On the Republican side, and Donald Trump “winning”… well…  I’d be curious to see how the Spanish language comments supporting Donald Trump come out.
For Marco Rubio, we can probably just skip everyone and zero in on the grammer of the Brothers Koch, the oppositional subject for Larence Lessig’s first campaign ad buy.

What say Lawrence Lessig on the eve of a Presidential debate?
There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the idea of an outsider. [The DNC] might look at what’s going on with the outsiders in the Republican Party and think, Well it’s a good thing we don’t have those. And I think it’s not a problem they’ve had to think about before, so that leaves them to be conservative about it. The people inside the party who are aligned in the leading candidates aren’t eager to increase the competition. The perspective I’d be offering especially in those debates would be radically different than what anybody else is offering.
Wait.  Isn’t Bernie supposed to be an outsider?

supermarket shopping

October 1st, 2015

The Rolling Stone magazine was pulled back on the supermarket checkout line, so instead of Donald Trump staring at us it was the ad for Jimmy Fallon.

I wonder if this was done on purpose.  A political message by a customer?  Staff?

the pope, the pope, the pope is on fire

October 1st, 2015

What did the Pope say to Kim Davis?  A meeting in itself seems to have put a kibotz on the honeymoon with political (largely secular) liberals… as everyone jumps to the conclusion of what beggin her retain “courage” means — as well…

Father Benedettini from the Vatican Press office released a statement after reports emerged that Davis and the pope had met.
“The Holy See is aware of the reports of Kim Davis meeting with the Holy Father. The Vatican does not confirm the meeting, nor does it deny the meeting. There will be no further information given,“ the statement reads.

and whether maintaining “religious liberty” is assigned to her Republican Party political cause…

Needless of what the Pope wants to say, Kim Davis will use it to her full political advantage, so on that score it’s probably good and well that the honeymoon with political (largely secular) liberals is finished, and everyone can go back to agreeing and disagreeing with the Pope at will…

2016 Presidential Campaign Round Up

September 25th, 2015

Linocln Chafee — an issue of concern in native Rhode Island resolved, apparently in his favor, and against noted Republican and baseball hall of famer Curt Schilling.  What’s it mean?

Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton by double digits in New Hampshire.  But how is he doing compared to Howard Dean against John Kerry circa September 2003?

If elected, Ted Cruz is going to kill the Ayatollah.  Or, maybe he will literally have him meet 72 virgins?

Bobby Jindal is upset because … According to a press release from the Louisiana Republican’s campaign, the presidential candidate thinks Obama lied when he told Francis that Americans are free to live and practice their religion. Specifically, Obama told the pope that America stands with him “in defense of religious liberty,” Jindal said — and then we jump over to the case of the Kentucky judge who won’t sanction secular marriage laws.

Ben Carson ‘s comments about not wanting a Muslim president gets the retort of “Okay, Mr. Seventh-Day Adventist”… and the relevant question… When Will America be Ready for A Scientologist President?

Jeb Bush has decided to dump the exclamation mark and go ahead and run with the Bush as his last name.

Chris Christie is excited about picking up the support that had been going to now outgoing presidential hopeful Scott Walker… which is, oh, 1 point something percent?

People Magazine has a neat little fluff piece about the “Carly Fiorina you don’t know”.  I can feel my brain rotting just glancing at it.

Huh.  Rand Paul‘s campaign has the ‘stench of death’ around it, one strategist with senior level experience on a presidential campaign said, and another questioned the depth of his war chest.  In the meantime, he’s apparently trying to shore up the “Liberty” voter, which reading this article seems to mean essentially “gun nut”.

Mike Huckabee versus Frito Lay over rainbow doritos, due to sponsorship of one time door licker Dan Savage.  Also, Jesse Ventura speaks out against Huckabee… because, why not?

Martin O’Malley is roughly right about Hillary Clinton. … “a specialist at vaguely saying things”… Good luck at topping her, though.

Why does Tom Brady support Donald Trump?